Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos

The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe

Ranked #78 in Astronomy

In southern California, nearly a half century ago, a small band of researchers -- equipped with a new 200-inch telescope and a faith born of scientific optimism -- embarked on the greatest intellectual adventure in the history of humankind: the search for the origin and fate of the universe. Their quest would eventually engulf all of physics and astronomy, leading not only to the discovery of quasars, black holes, and shadow matter but also to fame, controversy, and Nobel Prizes. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos tells the story of the men and women who have taken eternity on their shoulders and... more

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Deborah Blum Dennis Overbye does a wonderful job of showing just how incredibly driven a lot of these scientists were to achieve scientific goals. (Source)

Stuart Clark This is a massively ambitious book, describing the way cosmology progressed in the 20th century through the stories of the people who made the advances. (Source)

Andrew Lawrence If you want to know how astronomy really works then this is a book you should read. It is warts and all, about the competing personalities. (Source)

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